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Image: Rogers HSPA+ testing currently happening in Northern Manitoba


With Rogers/Fido expanding their HSPA+ coverage to Norther Manitoba (and MTS having a network sharing agreement to launch their new network) it seems testing is currently happening in the area. The upgrades are supposed to be completed “later this year” with no confirmed date, but one of our readers who is traveling in the area is getting intermittent full 3G coverage. Take a look at the pic with his location via Google Maps.

“I have been up in Cranberry Portage, just south of Flin Flon Manitoba since last Wednesday. I am a rogers customer in from Vancouver. We drove up from Winnipeg and as usual i lost rogers cell coverage after Swan River, Manitoba. I knew that Rogers/MTS were doing upgrades coming soon and i was constantly checking to see if i would pick up any of the new towers. As of last Friday nothing was turned on, i was not getting any signal at all in Cranberry Portage. Last night i decided to check again and took my phone off airplane mode. To my surprise i picked up full towers and 3G in cranberry portage. It appears Rogers/MTS flipped the switch on the network over this last weekend and it is now somewhat live. I am able to make calls out and text, however internet seems to be off, i am unable to sync my gmail and am unable to surf the net. Going and checking which available networks under Android, “ROGERS” now shows up. It appears they are still doing testing as i do drop on and off the network throughout the day. Needless to say HSPA is here and i am quiet happy i have cell coverage up in the sticks of northern Manitoba.”

(Thanks Jeff!)

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If you’re into 3- year contracts and Android, here are a few deals


These deals are probably the best around when it comes to Android. The only hesitation is that you’ll have to sign a 3-year contract. Future Shop has the HTC Desire at a low $49.99, Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 at $49.99 and the Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant at $99.99. Also, they are throwing in a 75 Gift card for the X10 and Vibrant. According to Future Shop the deal is on until Thursday.

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Video: Windows Phone 7 LG E900 leaks out


Perhaps we’ll see this newly leaked LG E900 device hit Canada when it officially launches. Specs have this anticipated Windows Phone 7 device with a 3.7-inch, full-touchscreen that’s powered by a 1.3 GHz processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, integrated GPS, HD video recording/playback, miniUSB port and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The design looks nice and clean, especially with a 3.7 inch display. Check out the videos after the break (more…)

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Quote: Wind Mobile to inevitably acquire Mobilicity and Public Mobile?

During the wireless spectrum auction a couple years ago Globalive (Wind Mobile parent company) invested $442 million, a portion of these funds were backed by Egyptian-based Orascom Telecom Holding SAE. Today, Orascom chairman Naguib Sawiris was in Toronto and had a few choice quotes.

In an interview with the Globe he stated that the big 3 (Rogers, Bell and TELUS) are “a joke”. Sawiris said “I have been offered by two of them to buy me out at a very significant profit. But that means I’m a broker, not an industrialist. It’s against my saga, against my history. I’m not the kind of guy who goes out for the money. It’s about success. And this, I would consider it as a bribe.”

In addition, probably the one that will get the most feedback is that Sawiris says the other new wireless entrants Mobilicity and Public Mobile will inevitably be acquired by WIND. “They will be dead on arrival. Wind should be the consolidator of all the smaller players here. We are going to be open to that. We are not interested in smaller players that are only coming with cash, or the licenses they paid cash for. We want them to succeed and have some subscribers. Because we can’t do the job alone.”

Orascom Telecom has a massive 120 million worldwide wireless subscribers. It’s now reported that Wind Mobile here in Canada has over 120,000 subscribers.

Thoughts?

Source: Globe

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BlackBerry 9300 in “Smokey Violet” now available at Rogers


There are a couple Rogers BlackBerry devices that have Lavender as their colour name… but it seems for the Curve 9300 they wanted to step up the creativity with something a little more exciting and catchy. How does “Smokey Violet” sound to you? Very intriguing and mysterious. The 9300 has a full QWERTY keyboard, 2.0 MP camera, built-in Wi-Fi, GPS, holds up to 32GB with a mircoSD card, 2.4-inch display with a resolution of 320 x 240.

Check it here at Rogers

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Google snatches up Toronto-based mobile game developer SocialDeck


SocialDeck is a Toronto-based mobile game developer that was founded in 2008 and have titles such as Shake and Spell, Color Connect and Pet Hero. Today it was announced that they’ve been acquired by Google for an disclosed amount. The company raised its first round of financing in 2009 by the BlackBerry Partners Fund and developed simultaneous game play for the iPhone, Facebook, and BlackBerry platforms. They currently have over 1 million downloads for their games and their “technology also facilitates viral content discovery, distribution and monetization”. So perhaps Google was interested for in-game mobile advertising.

Google Canada spokeswoman Wendy Rozeluk said “SocialDeck’s team and technology is a perfect addition to our current team of engineers in Waterloo, to continue to innovate in the social and mobile web”.

Source: Winnipeg Free Press

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Windows Phone 7 launching in Canada this coming “holiday period… on multiple operators”


Recently at the Microsoft X’10 event in Toronto, Greg Milligan, Microsoft Canada’s Mobility Solutions Manager, revealed some good info about the upcoming Windows Phone 7 launch. In an interview with LazyReviewzzz Milligan stated “we’re launching here in Canada at the same time as the U.S. This will be a simultaneous North America launch. We will have it on multiple operators here in Canada, and we expect the price to be very attractive to users to individuals at the holiday period and in line with other smartphones… so in that $99 to $199 on a 3-year plan. Which is pretty much par for the course when it comes to smartphones in Canada”.

As to what manufacturers will be releasing a Windows 7 device in Canada, Milligan says “right now the first manufacturers are LG, Samsung, HTC, we’ll have those available here in Canada. We also see Dell coming into the market as well and some other manufacturers in 2011.”

So what are your guesses for devices that we’ll be seeing here?

Check out the video interview after the break (more…)

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Vidéotron: “We’re not here to create a price war. The war has already started”


Quebec has always been a hotbed of competition with Bell having the most market share, followed by Rogers then TELUS. One of the most anticipated 3G+ network launches this year is Quebecor’s Vidéotron who are poised to go live this September.

Vidéotron will come to the table and offer low cost plans and bundling options. They currently dominate with their cable and internet offering and are catching up to Bell with their home phone business. Vidéotron will offer their “Winning Formula” which is based on a 4-point approach: Ubiquity, Price, Quality and Synergy and bundle their services to offer customers better prices, more value and choice. At the 2010 Canadian Telecom Summit Robert Depatie President & CEO of Vidéotron said “We will offer price plans that are competitive. Indeed, Vidéotron already offers some of the best price plans in North America. Still looking for deals? We offer better deals to customers who already Vidéotron’s services. The more of our services you have the better the deal we can offer.”

Article by the Globe’s Iain Marlow quotes Dépatie saying “We’re not here to create a price war. The war has already started”. Recently Bell offered a specific $100 price reduction for those located in Quebec to sign a 3-year contract. Also, new wireless entrant Public Mobile has set up shop in Montreal and offers low cost devices and plans. No word on how many customers have signed up but the point is that they’re bringing on important customers who are not with the incumbents.

It’s a battle out there and this is exactly what the government wanted. More competition and lower wireless prices. For those located in Quebec, who are leaning towards supporting?

Source: The Globe

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Fido expanding HSPA+ network in Manitoba


Just in time to take on the new MTS HSPA+ network, Fido is expanding their network coverage in the province of Manitoba. They state on their website that the new HSPA+ markets include Thompson, Flin Flon, The Pas, St. Theresa Point, Grand Rapids and along Hwy 10 and Hwy 6 with “tentative projected in-service dates are for late 2010.”

More here at Fido
(Thanks Steve-O)

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